Growing up Khalid Amir Ahmad-Bey has many dreams—one of them was to be a super hero. The other was to change the face of hip hop. And now Khalid, now dubbed Krushai (Krū-shay) is well on his way to realizing one of his greatest aspirations.
Krushai is readying for the release of several projects with Biltmore Music Group. In the works: a Mixtape, a debut CD entitled Dream Catcher, and his first single “Legal.” Krushai is not only about a new flavor but a new movement. “I am the line between old school and new school,” declares Krushai.
Reared in East Charlotte, North Carolina, Krushai hails from a musical family. His grandfather, uncles and father were all in the world of hip hop. His mother, an American reggae singer. “Unfortunately, none of their careers really ever materialized, so I have kind of picked up where they left off and going for it,” says Krushai, whose name was inspired by stating his lyrics “were always crucial.”
Early on Krushai has lots to write about. While he is a North Carolina man true and through, he lived in Kingston, Jamaica for a short period of time with his mother and step father, who was a well-known reggae artist. While there his musical tastes not only broadened, but he got to view up close how the business worked. “I was in the studios with some of Jamaica’s great artists—watching them work,” he recalls.
Krushai returned to the U.S. and graduated from the Northwest School of Arts, becoming one of few males in his family ever to complete high school. Hip hop was always part of his life—having started rapping at the age of just three years old. “The first song I remember hearing was Snoop Dogg’s “Who Am I.” It gave me the feeling of being a man character in a story” remembers Krushai, whose hip hop icons include Kid Cudi, Drake, Eminem, The Gorillaz, and Master Shortie, now with his own music about to debut, Krushai isn´t shy about his own dream. “I want to change the way people see Southern hip hop,” he announces. “We´re not all the same! I envision a spot in Hip Hop history as one of the greatest. I want to make music that will still get played generations from now.”
For the Dream Catcher CD, he stepped the lab with a variety of producers, including Krazy Figz. “On Dream Catcher I am portraying everything you ever wanted or imagined through melody,” he explains. Among the tracks on the CD are: “We Major,” an anthem song, the full of swagger “RayBan’s On,” “Premadonna Girl,” “Perfect World” and “Legal,” about when a young person becomes of age.
Krushai has already become a YouTube sensation with the Biltmore Music Group online series, taking fans—episode by episode—behind the scenes capturing the new artist in the studio. Hip Hop dreams can come true.